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(City of Buda Weekly Newsletter)
Week of June 22, 2020
In this Issue:
  • City of Buda Adjusting Operating Procedures - City Will Conduct Business Virtually on Monday and Friday - Starting June 29
  • Early Voting - Vote Center Locations - June 29 - July 10
  • Red, White & Buda Fireworks Shows - July 4
  • Hays County COVID Order Requiring Face Coverings - Frequently Asked Questions
  • Stay Budaful & Wear Your Mask
  • Governor Abbott Announces Temporary Pause of Additional Reopening Phases
  • Governor Abbott Expands Authority on Outdoor Gatherings
  • Free COVID-19 Testing in Hays County
  • Buda Main Street Program Receives 2020 National Accreditation
  • Water Conservation
  • City of Buda 2019 Water Quality Report
  • West Buda Juneteenth Parade
  • Buda Counts: Latest Census Self-Response Rates
  • Message From Justice Gisela Triana on Taking the Census
  • COVID-19 Hays County Resources
  • COVID-19 Hotline
  • COVID-19 Dashboard
  • COVID-19 Updates on City of Buda Website
  • New Pay By Phone Automated System
  • City of Buda E-Billing
  • City of Buda Water Smart Portal
  • Pet Registration Information
  • City of Buda Job Opportunities
  • Upcoming Meetings
Buda City Facilities - Change in Operating Procedure
Due to the escalating rise of active COVID-19 cases in Hays County, the City of Buda is adjusting its operating procedures. Staring Monday, June 29, Buda City facilities will be conducting business virtually on Monday and Friday until further notice. This means there will be no walk-ins, with all business being done via telephone and computer. City facilities will be open for public access on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The City of Buda will continue to monitor this evolving situation and make further adjustments if needed.     

On Monday and Friday, you can contact City Departments directly at the numbers below:

Public Works - 512-312-2876
Buda Police Department (Non-Emergency) - 512-393-7896
Parks and Recreation - 512-523-1081
Utility Billing - 512-295-8845
Municipal Court - 512-295-2562
Library - 512-295-5899
Planning, Permitting, and Engineering - 512-312-5745

The Buda Public Library will be open 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday through Thursday and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Saturdays. Public computers will be available to library card holders by appointment; call for details. Curbside pickup will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Library staff will be available by phone from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday. For more information on library services please visit www.budalibrary.org .

The Visitor’s Center at Stagecoach House will remain closed to the public. For questions please contact the visitor’s center at 512-295-7170.

Utility billing payments may be paid online here:  https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/budatx . Additional ways to make utility payments include online through your bank, over the phone at 512-295-8845, and by mail to 405 E. Loop St., Building 100, Buda, Texas. Customers can also utilize the utility payment drop boxes at the front entrance of the building and near the library book drop. The utility billing e-mail that residents should use to communicate with utilities is utilitybilling@ci.buda.tx.us . We are also now offering  online bill pay  to pay your utility bill. You will be directed to a third party secure external site. You have the option to pay now, schedule a payment and enroll in Auto Pay. There is a $0.85 fee for paying online. Customers can also pay bills by phone through our automated phone system. Please call 1-866-279-0787. 

Additional online resources:

Permitting and Inspections: https://www.mygovernmentonline.org/

For Municipal Court all individuals are  encouraged to call 512-295-2562 or email the court at budamunicipalcourt@ci.buda.tx.us on Monday and Friday in lieu of making personal appearances to handle court related business. 
Although City facilities will be conducting business virtually on Monday and Friday, Buda City Hall will be accessible for early voting in the 2020 July Primary Runoff. Early Voting runs from June 29 to July 10.

𝐄𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐲 𝐕𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠: 𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞 𝟐𝟗, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎 – 𝐉𝐮𝐥𝐲 𝟏𝟎, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎

Monday, June 29, 2020 – Thursday, July 2, 2020
8 AM – 5 PM

Sunday, July 5, 2020
10 AM – 5 PM

Monday, July 6, 2020 – Friday, July 10, 2020
7 AM- 7 PM

𝐁𝐮𝐝𝐚 𝐕𝐨𝐭𝐞 𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬

Buda City Hall
405 East Loop Street
Building 100

Hays Hills Baptist Church
1401 North FM 1626

** 𝐍𝐨 𝐯𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧 𝐉𝐮𝐥𝐲 𝟑 𝐨𝐫 𝟒 𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐛𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐃𝐚𝐲 **

Election Day: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 7 AM – 7 PM

Red, White & Buda Fireworks Shows
Due to COVID-19 concerns we are doing things a little differently this year for Red, White & Buda. While there will be no morning parade or other activities, we will still have a fireworks show. In fact, we are having two shows! Fireworks will be launched from Buda Sportsplex and City Park on July 4th between 9:15 PM and 9:30 PM. For your safety and to ensure social distancing, there will be no parking available to view the fireworks at these locations. City Park and Buda Sportsplex will be closed to the public. We encourage you to watch the fireworks from home or from a safe location where social distancing is observed.
Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra has issued a new executive order, effective Monday, June 22, that requires face coverings be worn in public.

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra issued a new COVID-related executive Order effective today, June 22, that, among other provisions, requires face coverings be worn in public in Hays County. Based on questions received from the public, media, municipalities and local businesses, Hays County compiled the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to help clarify and provide guidance about the Order. We have included the link below.

Governor Greg Abbott announced that the State of Texas will pause any further phases to open Texas as the state responds to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Businesses that are permitted to open under the previous phases can continue to operate at the designated occupancy levels and under the minimum standard health protocols provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

“As we experience an increase in both positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we are focused on strategies that slow the spread of this virus while also allowing Texans to continue earning a paycheck to support their families,” said Governor Abbott. “The last thing we want to do as a state is go backwards and close down businesses. This temporary pause will help our state corral the spread until we can safely enter the next phase of opening our state for business. I ask all Texans to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, washing their hands regularly, and socially distancing from others. The more that we all follow these guidelines, the safer our state will be and the more we can open up Texas for business.”
Governor Abbott Expands Local Authority On Outdoor Gatherings, Directs HHSC To Enact Emergency Rules To Increase Safety At Child Care Centers
As COVID-19 cases rise in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has expanded the ability of mayors and county judges to impose restrictions on outdoor gatherings of over 100 people. Previously, this applied only to outdoor gatherings over 500 people. The Governor has also directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to enact emergency rules that provide strict health and safety standards and procedures related to COVID-19 for child care centers in Texas. These two actions are based on data showing an increase in COVID-19 transmission stemming from large gatherings and child care centers.

“These are just some of the steps Texas will take to contain the rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations,” said Governor Abbott. “Today’s proclamation and emergency rules will aid in that effort in two key ways: allowing restrictions on large gatherings where COVID-19 is easily spread and implementing a statewide standard of infection control for child care centers. However, as we face this challenge, there is no substitute for personal responsibility. I urge all Texans to do everything in their power to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus by wearing a face mask, washing their hands often, and staying six-feet apart from others.”

Free COVID-19 Testing in Hays County
T en more FREE testing days are scheduled for Hays County! Share this with anyone who wants to get tested for COVID-19. No pre-registration needed. Walk-up service. Need not be showing symptoms.

Sat., June 27 - Wed., July 1
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. - June 27
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - June 28 - July 1
Hays CISD Performing Arts Center
979 Kohlers Crossing, Kyle

Sun., July 12 to Thursday., July 16
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
San Marcos High School
2601 Rattler Rd, San Marcos
Buda Main Street has been designated as a 2020 Accredited Main Street America™ program. Accredited status is Main Street America’s top tier of recognition and signifies a demonstrated commitment to comprehensive commercial district revitalization and proven track record of successfully applying the Main Street Approach™. To achieve accreditation each year, local programs must provide evidence of annual progress under selection criteria including engaged partnerships, staffing, volunteer efforts, preservation ethic, physical improvements in the district, and growth in program capacity. 

Water Conservation
With the rain we have received this week, we recommend customers give their sprinklers or irrigation systems a break this week. For weekly watering recommendations based on local soil and weather conditions please sign up at the following link:  https://watermyyard.org/
The 2019 City of Buda Annual Water Quality Report is now available. Please go to  https://ci.buda.tx.us/DocumentCenter/View/8044/2019-CCR   to view the report and learn more about your drinking water. This report contains important information about the source and quality of your drinking water. To speak with someone about the report please call 512-312-2876. For a paper copy mailed to your home, please call 512-312-2876.
West Buda Juneteenth Parade
We were honored to take part in the West Buda Juneteenth Parade. A big thanks to Buda resident Amy Grant for organizing the celebration. Check out the video we put together below. 
Buda Counts: Latest Census Self-Response Rates
The City's census self-response rate is now at 70.8%. But let's get that percentage higher Buda! If you haven't filled out the census yet, it's easy. The  #2020Census  can help our community for the next 10 years. Respond online today at  2020CENSUS.GOV .   #BudaCounts   #Census2020

Why is the  2020 Census  so important? The census informs where federal funds go every year for things like our healthcare workers, EMTs and firefighters. Justice Gisela Triana (Texas Third Court of Appeals, Place 6) is asking the Buda community to respond. See her message below and please visit  2020Census.gov  now to take the census!
Hays County has provided a list of resources for residents who have lost their jobs or need food, mental health support, or other assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic .

Hays County has a COVID-19 hotline. The number is 512-393-5525 and it is operational Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM .
(The information coming from Hays County will continue to change. Please follow Hays County at www.haysinformed.com )

An online dashboard created by City of San Marcos provides the public with a current count and other statistics related to COVID-19 cases in Hays County in near real-time.

The data on the dashboard shows a snapshot of COVID-19 related information for the County, as well as the number of active and recovered cases per City.
For example, the public can see the current number of confirmed cases as of that day. The data includes the cases considered active or in recovery, along with the number of tests administered. The data is also available in map format.
County residents may visit

You can also find the dashboard on the City of Buda's website at www.ci.buda.tx.us/coronavirusinformation .
As a reminder, you can visit the City's website at www.ci.buda.tx.us/coronavirusinformation for the latest on COVID-19. This page includes the Governor's Order, Hays County Order, and Mayor George Haehn order. We have also embedded the COVID-19 Dashboard from Hays County with the latest number of cases.
Pay By Phone Automated System
The City of Buda has launched a new way for customers to pay bills by phone. You will be able to call 1-866-279-0787 and pay through an automated system over the phone.

  • Save postage by paying your bill by phone.
  • Access your updated account instantly.
  • Hear real-time balances, payment amounts, and due dates
  • Enter your information securely through an automated system
City of Buda E-Billing
The City of Buda is giving you the option to go paperless with e-billing. You can sign up online at https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/budatx Check out the video above for instructions on how to sign up!
City of Buda WaterSmart Customer Portal Open
Minor water leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of wasted water each year . Sign up for leak alerts.

Pet Registration Information
Buda Animal Control
Due to COVID-19, Buda Animal Control is taking some extra precautions to make it easier and safer for you to register your pet. If you need to have a microchip implanted you MUST first schedule an appointment then complete the required forms and submit all required documentation at least two days before your scheduled appointment. Once you arrive please remain in your vehicle and call 512-523-1034 and let us know that you are out front. The microchip and registration is free through September 30 and registration will be for the lifetime of the pet. You will need to keep vaccinations up to date.

Per City Ordinance, all animals over the age of four (4) months must be implanted with a microchip and registered with the City of Buda.
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Job Opportunities
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Upcoming Meetings
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